Welcome to the University of Washington Mortar Board Tolo Chapter webpage. It is our intention that this webpage is passed down from class to class, passing on the core values of scholarship, leadership, and service.

Mortar Board is a certified national honor society recognizing college seniors for their exemplary scholarship, leadership and service. Founded in 1909, the Tolo Chapter of Mortar Board is the oldest continuing honor society on the UW campus. Among UW Tolo Chapter alumni are civic leader and UW Regent Mary Gates, philanthropist Marion Oliver McCaw, and formerWashington State Attorney General Rob McKenna. NFL quarterback and philanthropist Drew Brees, former Director of the National Science Foundation Rita Colwell, astronaut on the Challenger Judith Resnik, as well as diplomat and educator Condoleezza Rice are among many distinguished Mortar Board alumni throughout the country.

Each year, up to 40 students are selected for membership in the Tolo Chapter of Mortar Board. Members of Mortar Board are a diverse group of individuals who have excelled in academics and have demonstrated excellent leadership skills. Our members are actively involved in service to the community.

Member Kevin on how Mortar Board stands out

“When I first heard of Mortar Board, I thought it was just another ordinary honor society. However, as I connected with the rest of the 2019-2020 class, Mortar Board Tolo Chapter transformed to be so much more than that. Mortar Board is a community with a valuable and longstanding history that offers opportunities to network […]

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Member Sanne on why she is happy to be part of Mortar Board

“I am thankful to be a member of Mortar Board because it has connected me with some wonderful people on campus I wouldn’t have otherwise gotten to know. It has been a joy giving back to the greater Seattle community with them!” Sanne Casello, Member Interested in applying? Visit our application page! Applications are due […]

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Teaching Award Chair Claire’s take on what makes Mortar Board stand out

“Something I love about the Mortar Board is its long history at UW—it has been around for over 100 years! As the first national honors organization that included college senior women, Mortar Board recognized women’s scholarship during a time when other honors societies did not. Likewise, our members truly embody Mortar Board’s values of leadership, […]

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